Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Five Senses Blogathon

My Filmviews is hosting a blogathon where, if you couldn't guess from the title, revolves around the five senses. The idea follows like so:
As you know the body has five senses (although some movies might suggest there is a sixth one): Sight, Sound, Taste, Smell and Touch.
So what’s the idea behind this blogathon? For each of these senses you will have to describe the movie related association you have with it. This can be a particular movie or even a scene, but also something having to do with the movie going experience (so for example the smell of popcorn in the theater).
My entries start after the jump.
Seconds (1966, dir. John Frankenheimer)
Oh, James Wong Howe's cinematography is just to die for, isn't it? And it adds to the paranoid nature of the film to the fullest.

Whiplash (2014, dir. Damien Chazelle)
A more recent entry, certainly, but also one worth mentioning. This is one of those films that you need to watch with a really good sound system. Who would've thought that music could be so terrifying?

Closer (2004, dir. Mike Nichols)
Most people would choose a film revolving around food or cooking for this category, so why did I choose Nichols' penultimate film? The answer is within this exchange:
"We do everything that people who have sex do!"
"Do you enjoy sucking him off?"
"You like his cock?"
"I love it!"
"You like him coming in your face?"
"What does it taste like?"
"It tastes like you but sweeter!"
"That's the spirit. Thank you. Thank you for your honesty. Now fuck off and die, you fucked up slag."
Lilting (2014, dir. Hong Khaou)
Again, a choice that was picked because of an exchange:
"She says she can still smell Kai in your room."
" too."
Bright Star (2009, dir. Jame Campion)
In my eyes, touch can play a far more intimate role than any verbal declaration. So it seems ironic that a film about a poet's love affair focuses more on the close proximity of the lovers rather than the words they exchanged.

So those are my choices. What do you think?


  1. Fantastic choices, Anna. I would probably choose Whiplash for sound too but your taste, smell and touch choices are really inspired.

  2. Good choices! Here my entry ;)

  3. Very nice choices. Can't believe I haven't seen Closer yet. Or Whiplash, but I know I'll see that soon.

  4. This is a great idea for a list, but I feel a little badly that I haven't seen any of these movies... I try to think of which 5 films that I'd chose to represent each sense, and I find it quite difficult - although I'm sure I could do it with books easily...

    1. Oh, I think you'll be able to come up with a few titles. I have faith in you.


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